6 months pregnant and cramping

Tanya - posted on 09/14/2014 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi, I was wondering if any of you moms had cramping early on in your pregnancy? This is my second baby and I've been depressed where I'm forcing myself to eat and drink, I'm always crying, and tired all day everyday. I started having cramps on my lower abdomen that seems to wrap around to my tailbone. The pain on a scale of 1-5 , 5 being the worst , is a 2. And my stomach is tightening at least 5-10 times throughout the day. I told my doc. About the cramps and they said to call if they worsen or if the cramping is 5-10 mins apart to go to the hospital of course.
So my question is does depression play a big part in your pregnancy? Like can I lose my baby, and is it why I'm cramping a lot, even if the cramps aren't that painful? And I have not told my doctor my depression.

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Jodi - posted on 09/26/2014

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Actually emotional stress and depression can contribute to miscarriage, as it affects all of your bodily functions. There have been studies done and there has been evidence of increased risk of miscarriage in mothers with depression. However, no-one is actually quite sure how this happens because clearly, you can't do an actual controlled study testing depressed pregnant women, however, they believe it is to do with one of the hormones that is released during periods of stress also being the hormone that creates contractions during labour allowing us to do our job. I could explain it but don't want to write an essay.

You need to talk to your doctor about your depression so that it can be managed. This is really important. If you are so depressed that you are having all those symptoms, you really need some support to help you. Don't try to manage it on your own. Your doctor will understand and be able to help you find ways of managing it. But never leave depression untreated.

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Jodi - posted on 09/26/2014

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Glad to hear that you are seeking help for your depression Tanya. I wish you all the best.

Brandi, I am not following you around. I get notifications when someone has posted on something I have posted to and I read the responses. I also happen to be a member of the same groups you are. Total coincidence. Why on earth would I feel the need to follow you around? But if I see misinformation, I will correct it.

If you feel stupid because of something I've said, then you own how you have perceived my posts. I've simply tried to provide facts to the OP and they happen to disagree with what you have to say. *shrug*.

Brandi - posted on 09/26/2014

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Jodi why are you just following me around in my posts and posting after me to just make me look stupid? Your just rude and if that's all your on here to do I think you should be kicked off this website

Tanya - posted on 09/26/2014

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Thank you for your responses. I just recently talked to my doctor about my depression because I was at the point where I just couldn't take it anymore. And I felt bad if I was putting stress on my baby. Because of my depression I was hardly eating and drinking & I was experiencing mild contractions caused by dehydration. And my doctor is helping me through this.

Jodi - posted on 09/26/2014

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And I was giving her some facts so she would seek some treatment for her depression, because not telling her doctor is potentially putting her baby at risk. She needs to know that.

Jodi - posted on 09/26/2014

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Brandi, you clearly do NOT understand what a scientific study is and what it represents. Just because YOU didn't suffer miscarriage doesn't mean the next person won't. The fact is, there IS an increased risk and there is scientific biological understanding behind this risk. When we talk "increased risk" that doesn't mean everyone will have a miscarriage when they are stressed and depressed, but it means you are certainly at a higher risk of it. Just because you didn't have one doesn't mean scientific studies aren't right about the risks. Your situation is your opinion. I was giving the OP some facts.

Brandi - posted on 09/26/2014

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I have depression and I was stressed out and I carried my baby post term and ended up having a csection obviously not every study is always right about every person

Brandi - posted on 09/26/2014

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Depression won't cause the loss of your baby but as for the cramping it is probably Braxton hicks contractions. They're like "practice contractions" it's nothing to worry about, but if you do have stronger ones or your water breaks or anything happens that concerns you definatly contact your doctor

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